Here Comes the Night
The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues
By Joel Selvin
(Counterpoint LLC, Hardcover, 9781619023024, 435pp.)
Publication Date: April 2014
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His fury to succeed led Berns to use his Mafia associations to muscle Atlantic Records out of their partnership and intimidate new talents like Neil Diamond and Van Morrison, whom he had signed to his record label. Berns died at age 38 from a long-expected heart attack, just when he was seeing his grandest plans and life's ambitions frustrated and foiled.
In his short life, 1960s producer-songwriter Bert Berns made an indelible mark. He made many hits, but a changing industry brought tension to the studio, as told in the new book, Here Comes the Night. More at NPR.org
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